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Anti-Antifa Movie to Premiere at U.C. Berkeley Amid Tight Security

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Antifa, loosely organized left-wing protesters whose name is derived from the anti-fascist movement, are the subject of a documentary film that is none too kind to them.

The movie, America Under Siege: Antifa, will debut at U.C. Berkeley next week when Milo Yiannopoulos and a dozen or so more prominent conservatives are scheduled to be on hand for what they call "Free Speech Week."

Antifa, in fact, is expected to be there protesting, as they were when Yiannopoulos attempted to speak at the campus in February. He was prevented from doing so when protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at cops »


- Paul Bond

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Spain Lowers Movie-Ticket Sales Tax After Years of Upheaval

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As the San Sebastian International Film Festival got underway Friday, the Spanish government confirmed plans to lower the sales tax on movie admissions from the country's record-breaking 21 percent to 10 percent, answering the film industry’s dire request for the past six years.

“I believe we are inaugurating the San Sebastian Festival tonight,” said culture minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo, who announced the measure following Friday morning’s cabinet meeting. “So I hope they’ll say something nice to me this year in San Sebastian.”

The move, which is set to be approved when the 2018 General Budget clears parliament later this »

- Pamela Rolfe

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All-Star Concert to End Global Poverty Brings Lawsuit Over Video Footage

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This year's Global Citizen festival will unfortunately incur legal costs. Ahead of Saturday's concert in Central Park, New York, a lawsuit has been filed against organizers by a company that claims the contractual right to exploit video footage and says it has been cut out of the picture.

The concert is expected to draw 60,000 and features such performers as Stevie Wonder, Green Day and The Killers. It's to be broadcast on MSNBC and the event is being held to further Global Citizen's mission to end global poverty.

In a complaint filed in New York Supreme Court on Thursday, Mammoth »


- Eriq Gardner

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Is 'Flash Gordon' Too Similar to 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to Return to Movies Now?

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With Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theaters, director Matthew Vaughn can turn his attention to other projects on his plate — including the reboot of cult newspaper strip Flash Gordon that he was in talks to direct back in 2015.

Little has been heard about the Twentieth Century Fox feature recently, and Vaughn — who's reportedly shown up on shortlists for Warner's The Flash and Man of Steel 2 in the last few months — has suggested that one reason why might be the difficulty in making Alex Raymond's comic strip stand out in today's crowded genre field.

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- Graeme McMillan

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'Happy Hunting': Film Review

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A nasty little piece of work that surprises with both its topicality and incisiveness, Happy Hunting unfailingly reminds us about the social problems we try to ignore that just won’t go away. Violent crime, drug trafficking, addiction and homelessness are just a few of the issues that loom large in Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson’s crafty debut feature, but perhaps most surprisingly, this turns out to be a darkly satiric thriller rather than a boring, moralizing drama. Without much marketing muscle, it’s not likely to be widely seen in theaters, but a broader audience surely awaits on streaming platforms.

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- Justin Lowe

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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Wraps Post-Production, Says Rian Johnson

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Star Wars is over. Or, at least, the latest episode is.

Director Rian Johnson took to Instagram to reveal that post-production on Star Wars: The Last Jedi has officially been completed, 19 months after shooting began.

Accompanying a shot of the post-production team on the movie, Johnson wrote, "Aaaand that's a wrap on the hardest working post production team in the galaxy. Going to miss sitting in dark rooms with these goobers."

It's also a wrap of Johnson sharing Instagram teases of the post-production process on the movie, which have included shots of explosions, space bears »


- Graeme McMillan

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Billy Eichner in Talks to Join Anna Kendrick in Disney's Female Santa Claus Movie

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Billy Eichner is in negotiations to star in Disney's Nicole, a tale of a female Santa Claus also starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Marc Lawrence is attached to direct, while Suzanne Todd, who worked with the studio on Alice in Wonderland, is producing. Lawrence also wrote the script for the holiday family adventure that centers on the coming of a female Santa to take over the family business.

Eichner is best known as the aggressively inquisitive host of Billy on the Street, which earned him a Daytime Emmy. He also stars in the Hulu series »


- Etan Vlessing

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'I, Tonya' Gets 2017 Awards-Qualifying Release Date (Exclusive)

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I, Tonya, Craig Gillespie's hilarious and devastating Tonya Harding biopic, is officially joining the race to the 90th Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The film will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 8, with a platform rollout that will continue into January.

The film, which stars Margot Robbie (who also is one of its producers), had its world premiere on Sept. 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival, where, three days later, it became the fest's highest-profile acquisition, selling to Tom Quinn and Tim League's Neon for $5 million (over an even larger bid by Netflix).

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- Scott Feinberg

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Lady Gaga's 'A Star Is Born' Moves Release Date to May 2018

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Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is getting a new release date.

The movie, which Cooper directed and stars in with Lady Gaga, is moving up from its previous berth of Sept. 28, 2018, to May 18, 2018. That takes it out of the fall season, the traditional ground for more serious fare.

At the moment, the middle of May 2018 seems to be rather open. Avengers: Infinity War opens May 4, kicking off Hollywood's summer moviegoing season, and Warners is opening the New Line comedy Life of the Party, starring Melissa McCarthy, on the following weekend, May 11.

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- Borys Kit

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'Nina': Film Review | Tiff 2017

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A 12-year-old swimming fanatic with a lively imagination is caught between her bickering, divorcing parents in the low-key and eternally overcast Slovak drama Nina. Like in his fiction debut, Miracle, documentarian-turned-fiction director Juraj Lehotsky coaxes a terrific performance out of the young and inexperienced female lead, here played to perfection by Bibiana Novakova. But Nina’s narrative is largely predictable and the film’s fly-on-the-wall, verite-like style clashes with Lehotsky’s reliance on an overpowering score and the inclusion of a few blatantly obvious metaphors, including the most obvious of all adolescent clichés: caterpillars turning into butterflies.

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- Boyd van Hoeij

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Mary J. Blige Signs With Apa (Exclusive)

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Mary J. Blige has signed with Apa in all areas, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have exclusively learned. She previously split her representation between CAA for acting and ICM Partners for music.

The iconic R&B singer/songwriter and actress has been generating awards buzz for her performance as a long-suffering wife and mother in Dee Rees’ critically acclaimed Jim Crow drama Mudbound, which premiered at Sundance and screened again at Toronto this month. In his review, THR critic David Rooney called Blige “a quiet revelation… a model of understatement and careworn dignity in perhaps the singer’s most demanding dramatic role »


- Rebecca Sun

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'The Lego Ninjago Movie': Meet the Voices Behind Each Animated Character

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Based on the toy line and animated television series, The Lego Ninjago Movie is the third Lego film to hit the big screen, following 2014's The Lego Movie and 2017's The Lego Batman Movie.

Lego Ninjago follows six teenage ninjas as they struggle to balance going to school with defending their island from destruction. The ninjas are trained by their mentor, Master Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan), while the villainous Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) plots against them.

Ahead of the movie's release Sept. 22, check out which stars are giving voice to the film's characters below.

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- Sydney Odman

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'Stronger': 5 of the Film's Stars and Their Real-Life Inspirations

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Inspired by a true story, Stronger follows the journey of Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, as he adjusts to his new life and becomes the symbol for fighting against terrorism.

The film is largely based on Bauman’s book by the same title, and shows the aftermath of the bombing in a way it has not yet been seen onscreen (Patriots Day, starring Mark Wahlberg, focused on the event from multiple perspectives). Stronger, which will hit theaters Sept. 22, has already started generating award season buzz for its star, Jake Gyllenhaal.

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- Kirsten Chuba

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Director Vincent Sabella on Honestly Portraying Schizophrenia in 'Elizabeth Blue'

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With his feature directorial debut Elizabeth Blue, writer/director Vincent Sabella tackles mental illness — specifically schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety — all of which Sabella grapples with personally.

The film tells the story of Elizabeth (played by Anna Schafer), who recently got released from a mental institution and is now planning her wedding. With the love and support of her fiance, Grant (Ryan Vincent), and the help of her new and determined psychiatrist (Suicide Squad's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Elizabeth is doing her best to maintain a normal life.

In addition to his own experience with mental illness, Sabella enlisted the »


- Lauren Huff

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In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle,' 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' and More

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The Kingsman spy agents and Lego toys are back on the big screen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie. Anticipated biopics are also hitting theaters this weekend, with Emma Stone and Steve Carell portraying Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, respectively, in Battle of the Sexes and Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman in the drama Stronger.

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box office).

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- Arlene Washington

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Weekend Box Office: 'Kingsman 2' Lording Over 'Ninjago,' 'It' With $40M-Plus Bow

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Director Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle is easily lording over the competition at the North American box office, where the cheeky action-comedy is on course to gross roughly $16 million on Friday for a projected debut of $40 million or more from 4,003 theaters, according to early returns.

Friday's gross will include $3.4 million in Thursday-night previews, more than double the $1.4 million in previews earned by Kingsman: The Secret Service. For the weekend, Kingsman 2 will also come in ahead of Secret Service, which debuted to $36.2 million in February 2015 on its way to earning »


- Pamela McClintock

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Ryuichi Sakamoto to Get Samurai Award From Tokyo Film Fest

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The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) will give the 2017 Samurai Award to acclaimed musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

He starred opposite David Bowie in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in 1983, as well as scoring the music for the film.

Sakamoto also won an Oscar, shared with David Byrne and Cong Su, for the original score of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987). His life and artistry are the subject of a new documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, which premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival.

Sakamoto will give a talk at the festival in a series »


- Gavin J. Blair

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'Ron Goossens, Low-Budget Stuntman': Film Review | Oldenburg 2017

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A deceptively smart film about proudly stupid people, Ron Goossens, Low-Budget Stuntman is the latest homegrown hit from Dutch writer-director team Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil. The duo are best known in northern Europe for their TV comedy series New Kids, which spawned two big-screen spin-offs and scored significant success abroad, notably in Germany. Their default comic style is loud, lewd and knowingly crude, but leavened with sharp production values and thick dollops of irony.

More conventionally plotted and less culturally specific than the pair's previous films, Ron Goossens could help them break out into English-speaking markets with »


- Stephen Dalton

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Oscars: India Selects 'Newton' for Foreign-Language Category

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Political satire Newton has been selected as India’s entry for the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign-language film category.

The announcement was made Friday by the Film Federation of India, which said the movie was selected out of 26 contenders.

Directed by Amit Masurkar, Newton stars Rajkumar Rao as Newton Kumar, a government clerk sent on election duty in the conflict-ridden jungles of the country’s Chhattisgarh state, reflecting the political reality of that area. The title refers to the lead character’s justification of changing his original name Nutan (which is usually a female name) to the similarly sounding Newton. »


- Nyay Bhushan

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Oscars: Iceland Selects 'Under the Tree' for Foreign-Language Category

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Iceland has picked Under the Tree to be its contender for the 2018 Oscars in the foreign-language category.

The drama from director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson focuses on a typical suburban dispute: two neighbors arguing over a tree in one of their backyards and the shadow it casts in the backyard of the other. But the spat soon spirals violently out of control.

Under the Tree premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Magnolia picked up North American rights to the movie.

Sigurdsson is a well-known figure on the art house scene. His first feature, Either Way, was remade in English by »

- Scott Roxborough

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